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Isaiah 60

A Glorified Zion

1 "1Arise, shine; for your 2light has come, And the 3glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
2 "For behold, 4darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you And His 5glory will appear upon you.
3 "6Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
4 "7Lift up your eyes round about and see; They all gather together, they 8come to you. Your sons will come from afar, And your 9daughters will be carried in the arms.
5 "Then you will see and be 10radiant, And your heart will thrill and rejoice; Because the 11abundance of the sea will be turned to you, The 12wealth of the nations will come to you.
6 "A multitude of camels will cover you, The young camels of Midian and 13Ephah; All those from 14Sheba will come; They will bring 15gold and frankincense, And will 16bear good news of the praises of the LORD.
7 "All the flocks of 17Kedar will be gathered together to you, The rams of Nebaioth will minister to you; They will go up with acceptance on My 18altar, And I shall 19glorify My glorious house.
8 "20Who are these who fly like a cloud And like the doves to their lattices?
9 "Surely the 21coastlands will wait for Me; And the 22ships of Tarshish will come first, To 23bring your sons from afar, Their silver and their gold with them, For the name of the LORD your God, And for the Holy One of Israel because He has 24glorified you.
10 "25Foreigners will build up your walls, And their 26kings will minister to you; For in My 27wrath I struck you, And in My favor I have had compassion on you.
11 "Your 28gates will be open continually; They will not be closed day or night, So that men may 29bring to you the wealth of the nations, With 30their kings led in procession.
12 "For the 31nation and the kingdom which will not serve you will perish, And the nations will be utterly ruined.
13 "The 32glory of Lebanon will come to you, The 33juniper, the box tree and the cypress together, To beautify the place of My sanctuary; And I shall make the 34place of My feet glorious.
14 "The 35sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you, And all those who despised you will bow themselves at the soles of your feet; And they will call you the 36city of the LORD, The 37Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
15 "Whereas you have been 38forsaken and 39hated With no one passing through, I will make you an everlasting 40pride, A joy from generation to generation.
16 "You will also 41suck the milk of nations And suck the breast of kings; Then you will know that I, the LORD, am your 42Savior And your 43Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
17 "Instead of bronze I will bring gold, And instead of iron I will bring silver, And instead of wood, bronze, And instead of stones, iron. And I will make peace your administrators And righteousness your overseers.
18 "44Violence will not be heard again in your land, Nor 45devastation or destruction within your borders; But you will call your 46walls salvation, and your 47gates praise.
19 "No longer will you have the 48sun for light by day, Nor for brightness will the moon give you light; But you will have the 49LORD for an everlasting light, And your 50God for your glory.
20 "Your 51sun will no longer set, Nor will your moon wane; For you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, And the days of your 52mourning will be over.
21 "Then all your 53people will be righteous; They will 54possess the land forever, The branch of My planting, The 55work of My hands, That I may be 56glorified.
22 "The 57smallest one will become a clan, And the least one a mighty nation. I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time."

Isaiah 60 Commentary

Chapter 60

The glories of the church of God, when the fulness of the Gentiles shall come in. (1-8) and the Jews shall be converted and gathered from their dispersions. (9-14) and the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ. (15-22)

Verses 1-8 As far as we have the knowledge of God in us, and the favour of God towards us, our light is come. And if God's glory is seen upon us to our honour, we ought, not only with our lips, but in our lives, to return its praise. We meet with nothing in the history of the Jews which can be deemed a fulfilment of the prophecy in this chapter; we must conclude it relates principally to future events. It predicts the purity and enlargement of the church. The conversion of souls is here described. They fly to Christ, to the church, to the word and ordinances, as doves to their own home; thither they fly for refuge and shelter, thither they fly for rest. What a pleasant sight to see poor souls hastening to Christ!

Verses 9-14 God will be very gracious. We must begin with his promise, thence all mercies take rise. Many shall be brought into the church, even from far countries. Christ is always ready to receive all who come to him; and the gate of mercy is always open, night and day. All that are about the church shall be made serviceable to it. But those who will not be subject to Christ's golden sceptre, to his word and Spirit, who will not be kept in by the laws and rules of his family, shall be broken in pieces by his iron rod. The peculiar advantages of every nation, and of every description of men, shall join to beautify the church of Christ. We must suppose this to be accomplished in the beauties of holiness, and the graces and comforts of the Spirit, with which gospel ordinances are adorned and enriched. Blessed be his name, the gates of Zion are ever open to returning sinners.

Verses 15-22 We must look for the full accomplishment in times and things, exceeding those of the Old Testament church. The nations and their kings shall lay themselves out for the good of the church. Such a salvation, such a redemption, shall be wrought out for thee, as discovers itself to be the work of the Lord. Every thing shall be changed for the better. In thy land shall no more be heard threats of those that do violence, nor complaints of those that suffer violence. Thy walls shall be means of safety, thy gates shall be written upon with praises to God. In the close of this chapter are images and expressions used in the description of the New Jerusalem, ( Revelation 21:23 , Revelation 22:5 ) . Nothing can answer to this but some future glorious state of the church on earth, or the state of the church triumphant in heaven. Those that make God their only light, shall have him their all-sufficient light. And the happiness shall know no change or alloy. No people on earth are all righteous; but there are no mixtures in heaven. They shall be wholly righteous. The spirits of just men shall there be made perfect. The glory of the church shall be to the honour of God. When it shall be finished, it will appear a work of wonder. It may seem too difficult to be brought about, but the God of almighty power has undertaken it. It may seem to be delayed and put off; but the Lord will hasten it in the time appointed by his wisdom, though not in the time prescribed by our folly. Let this hope cheer us under all difficulties, and stir us up to all diligence, that we may have an abundant entrance into this everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Cross References 57

  • 1. Isaiah 52:2
  • 2. Isaiah 60:19, 20
  • 3. Isaiah 24:23; Isaiah 35:2; Isaiah 58:8
  • 4. Isaiah 58:10; Jeremiah 13:16; Colossians 1:13
  • 5. Isaiah 4:5
  • 6. Isaiah 2:3; Isaiah 45:14, 22-25; Isaiah 49:23
  • 7. Isaiah 11:12; Isaiah 49:18
  • 8. Isaiah 49:20-22
  • 9. Isaiah 43:6; Isaiah 49:22
  • 10. Psalms 34:5
  • 11. Isaiah 23:18; Isaiah 24:14
  • 12. Isaiah 61:6
  • 13. Genesis 25:4
  • 14. Genesis 25:3; Psalms 72:10
  • 15. Isaiah 60:9; Matthew 2:11
  • 16. Isaiah 42:10
  • 17. Genesis 25:13
  • 18. Isaiah 19:19; Isaiah 56:7
  • 19. Isaiah 60:13; Haggai 2:7, 9
  • 20. Isaiah 49:21
  • 21. Isaiah 11:11; Isaiah 24:15; Isaiah 42:4, 10, 12; Isaiah 49:1; Isaiah 51:5; Isaiah 66:19
  • 22. Psalms 48:7; Isaiah 2:16
  • 23. Isaiah 14:2; Isaiah 43:6; Isaiah 49:22
  • 24. Isaiah 55:5
  • 25. Isaiah 14:1, 2; Isaiah 61:5; Zechariah 6:15
  • 26. Isaiah 49:23; Revelation 21:24
  • 27. Isaiah 54:8
  • 28. Isaiah 26:2; Isaiah 60:18; Isaiah 62:10; Revelation 21:25, 26
  • 29. Isaiah 60:5
  • 30. Psalms 149:8; Isaiah 24:21
  • 31. Isaiah 14:2; Zechariah 14:17
  • 32. Isaiah 35:2
  • 33. Isaiah 41:19
  • 34. 1 Chronicles 28:2; Psalms 99:5; Psalms 132:7
  • 35. Isaiah 14:1, 2; Isaiah 45:14, 23; Isaiah 49:23; Revelation 3:9
  • 36. Isaiah 1:26
  • 37. Hebrews 12:22
  • 38. Isaiah 1:7-9; Isaiah 6:11-13; Jeremiah 30:17
  • 39. Isaiah 66:5
  • 40. Isaiah 4:2; Isaiah 65:18
  • 41. Isaiah 66:11
  • 42. Isaiah 19:20; Isaiah 43:3, 11; Isaiah 45:15, 21; Isaiah 63:8
  • 43. Isaiah 59:20; Isaiah 63:16
  • 44. Isaiah 54:14
  • 45. Isaiah 51:19
  • 46. Isaiah 26:1
  • 47. Isaiah 60:11
  • 48. Revelation 21:23; Revelation 22:5
  • 49. Isaiah 2:5; Isaiah 9:2
  • 50. Isaiah 41:16; Isaiah 45:25; Zechariah 2:5
  • 51. Isaiah 30:26
  • 52. Isaiah 35:10; Isaiah 65:19; Revelation 21:4
  • 53. Isaiah 45:24, 25; Isaiah 52:1
  • 54. Psalms 37:11, 22; Isaiah 57:13; Isaiah 61:7
  • 55. Isaiah 19:25; Isaiah 29:23; Isaiah 45:11; Isaiah 64:8
  • 56. Isaiah 61:3
  • 57. Isaiah 10:22; Isaiah 51:2

Footnotes 9

Chapter Summary



As, in the two preceding chapters, the hypocrisy and formality, the profaneness and immorality, that should abound in the latter day, and even among professors of religion, are prophesied of; so, in this, a very ample account is given of latter daylight and glory; of both the spiritual and personal reign of Christ, with the latter of which it concludes. The light and glory of the church, in the spiritual reign, are described, Isa 60:1-3 the numerous conversions of persons to it from all quarters, east and west particularly, are prophesied of, Isa 60:4-8, the great usefulness those should be of unto it, in enriching it, and building it up, and in glorifying it, is declared, Isa 60:9-13, as also the subjection of enemies to it; the favours it should receive from kings, and the fame and renown of it through all nations and ages, Isa 60:14-16, its riches, prosperity, peace, and safety, Isa 60:17,18 and the chapter is concluded with an account of the more perfect state of the church in the personal reign of Christ, when there will be a perfection of light and righteousness; and the number of God's elect will be complete, and they will be all together, Isa 60:19-22.

Isaiah 60 Commentaries

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